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I studied chemistry and Asian Studies in the Soviet Union, Hungary, and the U.S. before obtaining doctorates in history (Moscow State University) and sociology (Hungarian Academy of Sciences). Before coming to the VU, I taught at Macquarie University in Sydney.


My main research area is the international mobility of contemporary Chinese elites. I am also interested in Chinese nationalism, the politics of immigration in Eastern Europe, and comparative approaches to Eastern Europe and China.

Recent books:


I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on historical and contemporary migrations, nationalism, ethnicity, and the politics of history.

I currently supervise dissertation research on

  • interreligious households in China (Bram Colijn, Religious Studies),
  • the politics of memory in Iran (Younes Saramifar, Anthropology),
  • migrant worker advocacy between Indonesia and Malaysia (Pamungkas Ayudaning Dewanto, Anthropology),
  • the organisation of work in small Chinese companies (Melanie Uy, Anthropology) and
  • power and the state in a Chinese Muslim town (Jackson Liu, Anthropology).

Ancillary activities

  • Member of the editorial boards of The China Journal and The Australian Journal of Anthropology
  • Member of the academic committee of the International Institute of Social History

Prizes and Awards

In 2003-04, I was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.

Ancillary activities

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Ancillary activities are updated daily

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cosmopolitanism Social Sciences
China Social Sciences
Hungary Social Sciences
migrant Social Sciences
citizenship Social Sciences
music Social Sciences
labor Earth & Environmental Sciences
labor relations Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2018

Meiguanxi: Social Detachment and Impersonal Relations in Two Chinese Transient Employment Firms

Uy, M. T., 2018, Delft: Delft Academic Press. 310 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

One House, Two Paths: Popular Religion and Protestant Christianity in Contemporary Chinese Households

Colijn, H. A., 2018, 268 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Epistemic Nostalgia: Associations of Former GDR Cadres in Post-Socialist Germany

Bouma, J. M. J., 2017, 247 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Freer but not free enough? Chinese journalists finding their feet in Africa

Gagliardone, I. & Pál, N., 1 Sep 2017, In : Journalism. 18, 8, p. 1049-1063 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review


Ghost Protocol. Development and Displacement in Global China.

Nyiri, P. D., Dec 2017, In : Pacific Affairs, An International Review of Asia and the Pacific. 90, 4, p. 792-793

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademic


Activities 2007 2015

  • 3 Membership
  • 1 Lecture / Presentation

Chinezen in Europa: veranderende beeldvorming

Nyiri, P. D. (Speaker)
28 Jan 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The China Journal (External organisation)

Nyiri, P. D. (Member)

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Press / Media

With Thaw Toward South Korea, Beijing Shelves Patriot Games - For Now

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1 media contribution

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P.D. Nyiri


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